Robert Morton Nance

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Robert Morton Nance (1873–1959) was a leading authority on the Cornish language, nautical archaeologist, and joint founder of the Old Cornwall Society.

Nance was born in Cardiff to Cornish parents. He wrote many books and pamphlets on the Cornish language, including a Cornish dictionary, which is a standard work, and edited magazines and pamphlets about Cornwall, including Old Cornwall, the journal of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. Nance was also a nautical archaeologist of distinction and was an originator of the Society for Nautical Research. His insight and learning were displayed in his book Sailing-ship Models which appeared in 1924. He studied art in Britain and France and was both a painter and a skilled craftsman.

Chronology of his life[edit]

Selected list of works[edit]

  • 1912: Speight, E E; Nance, R Morton (1912-01-01). Britain's Sea Story. Henry Frowde. ASIN B000LQ60UM
  • 1923: A Glossary of Celtic Words in Cornish Dialect. Falmouth: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society
  • 1924: Sailing-ship Models: a selection from European and American collections with introductory text. London: Halton and Truscott Smith (photographs)
  • 1925- : Old Cornwall, as editor and contributor.
    • Articles in Old Cornwall, including "The Cornish Language in the Seventeenth Century", in: Old Cornwall; vol. VI, no. 1.
  • 1955: Cornish-English Dictionary. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies ISBN 0-902660-05-5
  • 1956: The Cledry Plays: drolls of Old Cornwall for village acting and home reading. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies B0000CJH1W[clarification needed]
  • 1961: Cornish for All: a guide to Unified Cornish. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. B0000CKWG1[clarification needed]
  • [n.d.]: A Guide to Cornish Place-names; with a list of the words contained in them. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. (Three editions, before 1971.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hall, Stephen (2001) The Cornish Pasty. Nettlecombe: Agre Books ISBN 0-9538000-4-0
  2. ^ Brian Murdoch, "Nance, Robert Morton (1873-1959)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 15 Nov 2007
  3. ^ Robert Morton Nance (1873-1959); Find a Grave

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